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A Seasonal Creative Feast to suit all tastes

Wednesday 5th December 2007 at 4pm 0 Comments

Winter is here and Christmas is fast approaching. To help all the family get into the festive spirit the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced a jam packed programme of events that will take place throughout Northern Ireland. These seasonal events will be sure to entertain and delight people of all ages and brighten up the cold and dreary nights.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, echoes this sentiment, “Christmas time is a perfect opportunity for all the family to get together and enjoy the wide range of festive art events held throughout Northern Ireland. We commend those arts organisations who have planned an entertaining line up of Christmas activities during this special holiday period and I am sure much fun will be had by all.”

Highlights of the Christmas line up include:

Thursday 29th November-Saturday 22nd December, Belfast Print Workshop offers you the chance to browse through a beautiful collection of original artworks from Northern Irelands most talented artists. A perfect opportunity to pick up an unique Christmas present for your loved one.

Saturday 1st December -Thursday 6th December, Seacourt Print Workshop’s, Belfast. Setting the festive mood, Seacourt Print Workshop offers the perfect opportunity to purchase original artwork at affordable prices for that special Christmas gift.

Saturday 8th December, Waterfront Hall, Belfast - The Ulster Orchestra will perform timeless Christmas classics such as; Sleigh Ride and Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. The animated film The Snowman by Raymond Biggs will also be screened with Howard Blake’s music performed live.

Friday 23rd November- Saturday 12th January 2008, The Lyric Theatre, Belfast – This Christmas, the Lyric will stage one of the greatest musicals of all times; The Wizard of OZ. Featuring all the memorable songs from the Oscar winning film, including Over the Rainbow, Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead, We’re off to see the Wizard and many more. Hollywood actor and patron of the Lyric, Liam Neeson will take part in the final show by providing the voice over for the great and powerful Wizard of Oz.

Monday 3rd December-Saturday 12th January, The Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Comedy duo Conor Grimes and Alan McKee stage their hilarious version of Dickens Classic “A Christmas Carol”, ‘Bah, Humbug’ is a performance guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles with laughter.

The Wizard of Oz and ‘Bah Humbug’ are the last shows to be staged at the original Lyric Theatre before it is closed for refurbishment in January. Construction will commence in June 2008. Book your ticket for the last two performances as soon as you can.

Wednesday 12th- Saturday 15th December, OMAC, Belfast, proudly presents Little Red Riding Hood as you’ve never seen it before. Children will be delighted with a colorful collision of comedy, music, poetry, theatre, and storytelling-accompanied by a banjo, harmonica and songs on the saw. This event is suitable for children aged 4 years and over.

OMAC will also hold a Post-Show workshop on Saturday 15th December, from 2-4pm. Children will be offered the opportunity to create their own Christmas decorations, cards and crackers alongside talented and experienced professional artists.

Friday 14th December and Saturday 15th December, Waterfront Hall, Belfast - This year’s performance of Handel’s uplifting oratorio Messiah will offer an international cast singing with the Belfast Philharmonic Choir accompanied by the Ulster Orchestra.

Saturday 15th December- The Armagh Rhymers will present music and rhyme at the Quays Shopping Centre, Newry from 1pm to 3pm. Stop by to enjoy the fun… you could be the star of the show.

Wednesday December 26th – To celebrate wren day, the Armagh Rhymers bring in the talents of local musicians and take to the town lands of Armagh and Monaghan, rhyming and singing their way around pubs and homes.

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